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Just a Thought – Invisible

Just a Thought – Invisible

I really could not stand to watch the debate last night. I had it on for about fifteen minutes while my girls were playing piano and I was cooking dinner. There was the initial flash of conflict- hey, this is an important political moment and there's too much daily life going on around here to listen. I was going to turn the heat down on the potatoes and ask the girls to stop practicing. Then I [...]

Just a Thought – Dear Mr. Brunson

Just a Thought – Dear Mr. Brunson

I was going to begin "Dear Reggie," but that kind of typifies the behavior that seems to be creating problems here, so I'll begin with 'I am sorry.' I was wrong. I had some good intentions, but what I did did not solve problems, it created more. Please accept my apologies. I am not a person who thinks a lot about hierarchy. I think about structure, I think about relationship, I think about [...]

Just a Thought – The Battle of Hogwarts

Just a Thought – The Battle of Hogwarts

Both of my kids are starting at new schools this fall, and it’s daunting. I have had to take a long look in the mirror and ask myself about education, and what it is, and what I want for them. How do I really teach them ? How do I get them excited about learning? How do I train them and equip them for their futures? A part of our summer routine has floated easily into being a part of our [...]

Just A Thought – Half Life

Just A Thought – Half Life

The idea that half a loaf is better than none is one of those ridiculous proverbs quoted by the haves to the have-nots, reminding them to be grateful for the pittance. It's wrong. Half a loaf is less than what is needed. Half a loaf is settling for getting less than you need, agreeing that want and deprivation are just the status quo. It's wrong. Accepting half a loaf is an act of [...]

Just a Thought – How About Consistent Community Ethics in Fundraising ?

Just a Thought – How About Consistent Community Ethics in Fundraising ?

I was at a school board meeting last spring, when a representative from PXP, Culver City's favorite oil company was there to present a $20,000 check to the Culver City Education Foundation. While the rest of the room applauded, I did not. This, I said to myself, is just not ok with me. Several weeks later, I interviewed Leslie Adler, the very capable women in charge at the CCEF. She was not at [...]

Just a Thought – Common Knowledge

Just a Thought – Common Knowledge

While going over the budget numbers a few weeks ago, Mayor Andy Weissman expressed a bit of exasperation. After all the negotiations with the public employees unions, he thought it must be "common knowledge" that the city was in financial crisis. But common knowledge isn't as common as it should be. There are so many crises, so many layers of crises, sometimes it's hard to sift. We know that [...]

Just a Thought – Confessions of a P.E.M.P. (Proud El Marino Parent)

Just a Thought – Confessions of a P.E.M.P. (Proud El Marino Parent)

I am a P.E.M.P. It's true. I have spent the greater part of the last decade being a Proud El Marino Parent. It has been one of the most interesting, challenging and exhausting experiences of my life, and I'm done.  The time has come to explore other options. One of the most important things I teach my children is that's it's ok to change your mind. Whatever you commit to, you should commit [...]

Just A Thought – Dear Sofie

Just A Thought – Dear Sofie

Dear Sofie, It's not enough, but it's enough. Confession is good for the soul, but re-telling the tale does not change the ending. Confessing to strangers is a time-honored human need - ask any of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims - but know that the best they can do is listen. It's not going to get easier with any great speed, and as the police have decided not to press charges, [...]

Just A Thought – How to Fill Out Your Ballot (Weissman, Sahli-Wells, Malsin and Clarke)

Just A Thought – How to Fill Out Your Ballot (Weissman, Sahli-Wells, Malsin and Clarke)

When I sit down to do my endorsements before the election, there are always multiple factors to consider. The deciding factor is how to have a city council that can work effectively to get things done. I have done a lot of research on this project. So, you have permission to copy my homework; Weissman, Sahli-Wells, Malsin and Clarke. The angry cries of "dirty politics!" do cause me to laugh a [...]

Just a Thought – The Economics of Politics

Just a Thought – The Economics of Politics

 While the actress Sophie Tucker has faded into obscurity, one of her quotes surfaces fairly often; “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better.” The difficult fact of the matter is that you cannot serve in elected office in Culver City if you are not self-employed and/or independently wealthy. There are a few exceptions, but you’d better have the work ethic of a New England [...]

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